Blue Kamikaze Shots: The Fabulous Drink That’ll Leave You Feeling Refreshed

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The blue kamikaze shooter is the drink that looks stunning and is very capable of stunning your senses too.

The drink, blue kamikaze shots is considered the first, that is the original shooter recipe by many cocktail historians. Yeah, we actually do have historians on cocktails and drinks.

Blue kamikaze shots can be served either in a shot glass or in a cocktail glass. It depends on how you want it, one quick gulp or not? Either way, the things you’ll need remain the same -well, except the serving glass- and the method of preparation is also the same.

What is a Kamikaze Drink?

The kamikaze shooter has been around for many years now. According to our cocktail historians, its first documented appearance in the world of cocktail was in the year 1976 and it is also considered the original shooter cocktail.

The drink is a favorite among party goers and non-party goers especially the female folks due to the drink’s relatively very low calorific value. And is traditionally and still is, served straight up after the 3 component ingredients has been shaken together and strained.

The traditional kamikaze drink is made with equal parts vodka, triple sec and lime juice. With just these three ingredients, the drink has gone on to become a famous classic sour cocktail that is either served as in a shot glass or in a cocktail glass, and then usually garnished with a lime wedge.

The smoothness of the vodka blends perfectly well the sweet flavor of the triple sec and the refreshing nature of the lime. Kamikaze means divine wind and was a common term used during world war 2.

The word, kamikaze is a Japanese word but by no means does it mean that the drink originated in Japan, however some persons think it started in an American military base bar in Japan but no one’s sure for certain.

On the other hand, the blue kamikaze drink, a variation of the traditional kamikaze substitutes triple sec, the kamikaze traditional sweetener, with blue curacao.

The blue kamikaze alcoholic shot gets the blue in its name from the blue curacao which gives the drink a stunning blue color. Blue curacao is an orangey liqueur that’s slightly bitter, its blue color is actually as a result of a blue artificial coloring.

The Amazing Blue Kamikaze Shots Recipe

The blue kamikaze is consumed quickly in a single gulp as a shooter but can serve as a typical cocktail drink. The blue kamikaze, though a variation of the kamikaze drink itself is as popular as the kamikaze drink and is also served straight up.

It is an easy and fast drink to make. A shot of this drink is usually less than 100 calories, a good reason why the drink is a favorite.

The drink is fruity and tart with a medium rated alcoholic strength, it is a fruity shot with lime juice serving as the mixer while the blue curacao and vodka serves as the alcohol.

Although, colorful and kind of sweet and fruity, it is pretty much intoxicating clocking at about 30 percent alcohol.


  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part blue curacao
  • 1 part lime juice
  • And lime wedge or twist, to garnish.

Tip: Have your glasses chilled before making this drink.


Using a shaking glass or cocktail shaker, add some ice cubes into the shaking glass before adding the vodka, blue curacao and lime juice in no particular order.

Then, shake well till the mixture is chilled and strain into shot glasses as blue colored shots or you can strain into cocktail glasses.

After which, you can then stuck your lime wedge on to the rim of the glass and of course you know what to do with the lime wedge after downing your drink.

Note: Since the shot is shaken, not stirred, use a Hawthorn strainer, this will retain the spent ice perfectly well. They are designed to trap very fine particles of ice and fruits (other drink recipes will call for fruits) that are created by shaking the mix.

Other Delightful Ways to Make Your Kamikaze Shot

Although the blue curacao vodka shot is made as described above, over time there has been slight changes to the recipe. The changes do not affect the color, if it did, it wouldn’t be blue kamikaze anymore but these changes can affect the taste of the shot. Not all changes yield an effect.

Way 1:

You do not have to stick to the equal parts rule. In fact, the drink tastes better and more refreshing when you go against this particular rule. The quantity of vodka used is almost always higher than the quantity of blue curacao and lime juice used.

To make this, use equal parts vodka and blue curacao and half part lime juice. Or use 1 part vodka while using half parts for both blue curacao and lime juice.

Way 2:

The second way answers the question “can I use lemon juice? If yes, how about fresh lemon juice?, positively. Very many persons replace the lime juice with lemon juice, lemon juice is always a winner especially when considering its thirst quenching prowess.

You can use freshly squeezed lemon juice to substitute for the lime juice and you can actually use freshly squeezed lime juice as well.

No one said you couldn’t do that, so do it and get more value for your taste buds. Another thing you can opt out of is the lime wedge as garnish, you can use lemon wedge or twist, at least that will be better and easier to suck on.

Way 3:

Does it really have to be blue curacao? Yes, it does. But if you can’t use blue curacao, then you can go for an alternative. Slightly different taste but then again, shooters generally bearing the same name do not exactly taste the same all the time. Sometimes, the difference in taste are so far apart that you wonder why they’re bearing the same name at all.

Use triple sec instead. Although colorless, it has a similar flavor with blue curacao – the orangey flavor. To make up for this color defect, use a few drops (1 or 2) of blue food coloring. Besides, the blue in blue curacao is also artificial and without the blue color, it’s just kamikaze, not blue kamikaze.

Way 4:

The fruity shots with vodka can be in existence without vodka. Switch the vodka for tequila and make for yourself a fruity shot without vodka. Completely different taste but totally worth it.

That’s four stunning ways that you should try out. And for a garnishing tip, use pop rocks instead of the fruit wedge to make pop rocks blue kamikaze. To do this, dip the glass rim in frosting before rimming the glass with the pop rocks.

Fruity Shots with Vodka

The blue kamikaze is not the only fruity shooter made with vodka, there are a lot more but these below, are the closest types to blue kamikaze shooter.

Raspberry Kamikaze

This, just like the blue kamikaze is another awesome sibling variation of the classic kamikaze.

Like the blue kamikaze, it substitutes one ingredient in the original kamikaze recipe, and this time around, it’s not triple sec, it the lime juice, for a raspberry liqueur such as Chambord.


To make raspberry kamikaze, use:
• 2 ounces vodka
• 2 ounces triple sec
• 2 ounces raspberry liqueur


In a glass, mix the 3 ingredients together and serve with ice, rarely served straight up.

Lemon drop

With your bottle of lemon flavored vodka and a lemon wedge sprinkled with sugar, this chilled shot recipe is good to go. If you can’t get lemon flavored vodka, use lemon juice with vodka in equal amounts.

Strawberry kamikaze shot

Very similar to the raspberry kamikaze. To make the pink strawberry kamikaze shot, fill a shaking glass with ice, strawberry vodka, triple sec, lime juice, and a few drops of a good strawberry liqueur.

If you are using 1 part each of triple sec and lime juice, use 2 part strawberry vodka. After filling the shaking glass, shake and then strain the chilled mix into a shot glass. Garnish with strawberry.

Cranberry kamikaze

Cranberry vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice are all that’s needed to make the cranberry kamikaze. Use a cocktail shaker to shake the ingredients together and then, strain into a cocktail glass or into shot glasses, if you want it as a shot.

There are other closely related drinks including the blue kamikaze jello shots and the blue lagoon.

The blue kamikaze shooter is definitely a drink worth all the hype it gets. But of course, reading about it takes you only halfway, you have to actually take a shot of it or a glass for a real good experience. Just don’t forget that this drink can get you high!

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